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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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James Lisondra participated in the Amgen Symposium at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Ontario Tech University celebrates first Amgen Scholar

James Lisondra can add an impressive accolade to his resume: First Ontario Tech University student to participate in the Amgen scholarship, a prestigious program run by Harvard University and hosted by the University of Toronto.

Ontario Tech Women for STEM program students gather in the Dixon/Alger Fireside Reading Room in the Campus Library at the university's north Oshawa location (March 2023).

Marking a special milestone on the journey to gender parity in STEM-based fields

To address the gender disparity in Canada and empower the next generation of women leaders in STEM, Ontario Tech introduced the Women for STEM program in 2019. Led by the university’s Women for STEM Council, the program’s goal is to provide 200 entrance scholarships and 600 in-course scholarships over a 10-year period.

From left: Dr. Peter Lewis, Associate Professor (Computer Science), Faculty of Business and Information Technology, Co-Principal Investigator; and Dr. Theresa Stotesbury, Assistant Professor (Forensic Science), Faculty of Science. Principal Investigator.

Two Ontario Tech researchers leading study to improve reliability of bloodstain analyses at crime scenes

Some branches of forensic science have modified existing schemes in response; but more recently, fundamental issues with the assumptions behind these classification schemes have been exposed. To address these issues, an Ontario Tech University-led research team has been awarded Government of Canada Interagency research funding through the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) Exploration stream in a project entitled ‘Reimagining forensic BPA from the bottom up’.

Students at Ontario Tech University's north Oshawa location.

Leading the pack again: Ontario Tech tops among province’s universities for year-over-year percentage growth in applications

For the second consecutive academic recruitment cycle, Ontario Tech University is posting province-leading numbers for growth in overall applications for Fall enrolment. Following the January 12 deadline for Ontario high school students to apply to an undergraduate program at an Ontario university, the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) says Ontario Tech again leads the province in a key metric.

The Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy. Minister of Finance and Pickering-Uxbridge MPP (right) speaking at the automotive sector roundtable at Ontario Tech University's ACE (November 25, 2022). Also shown (from right): Patrice Barnes, Ajax MPP; Todd McCarthy, Durham MPP; Lorne Coe, Whitby MPP; Andrew Dowie, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and Windsor-Tecumseh MPP; and Dr. Steven Murphy, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ontario Tech University.

Ontario Tech engineering, research and development: Helping drive the automotive industry forward

On November 25, the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT) hosted an automotive sector roundtable at Ontario Tech. The robust discussion, held at one of the university’s core research facilities, Ontario Tech’s Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), featured community partners and local automotive industry champions outlining current challenges and opportunities.

2022 Graduate Excellence Award Winners Dr. Joshua Hyman, Samantha Watson, Dr. Janette Hughes, and Erin Smith.

Ontario Tech celebrates the 2022 SGPS Graduate Excellence Award winners

The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) at Ontario Tech University annually distributes Graduate Excellence Awards to recognize and celebrate the inspiring individuals who encourage and support our graduate students on their way to becoming successful scholars.

Ontario Tech University 2022-2023 Chancellor’s Scholarship recipient Pritika Lally (Biological Science). Note: Available photos of other award recipients can be found below in the gallery section of the story.

Announcing Ontario Tech University’s major scholarship recipients for 2022-2023

Each year, seven outstanding incoming students receive Ontario Tech University’s most prestigious entrance scholarships. The university’s scholarship program recognizes secondary school students for exceptional achievements in academics, leadership and community involvement throughout their high school career.

From left: Lesley Taylor (Master of Science degree candidate, Trent University), Dr. Paul Szpak (Trent University), Dr. Aaron Shafer (Trent University), Dr. Theresa Stotesbury (Ontario Tech University), Dr. Shari Forbes (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières), Colin Elliott (Master of Science degree candidate, Ontario Tech), in Bécancour, Québec.

Canadian forensic science experts to sharpen the accuracy of determining time since death after discovery of human remains

To develop new scientific approaches that will make time-of-death estimates more accurate in future investigations, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is investing a half-million dollars in a new five-year project being led by the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR; Dr. Shari Forbes), with support from research experts at Ontario Tech University (Dr. Theresa Stotesbury of the Faculty of Science) and Trent University (Dr. Aaron Shafer and Dr. Paul Szpak).